Our Lady of Guadalalupe Crown

Corona de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe dominates the skyline of Centro, Puerto Vallarta’s central business district. The cast-cement crown resting above a clocktower high the sky of Vallarta.  Lit at night the orb and cross glow.

Captured at sunset, the crown vibrates orange and pink.  The wisps of clouds beginning to color.

Sunsets in Puerto Vallarta are spectacular, marking the end of the day and the beginning of the night’s festivities.


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Standing proudly over the City’s oceanside central plaza, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the famous crown is the focal point of the Vallarta skyline. It is a symbol of Puerto Vallarta known throughout the world. It is also the Corozón, the beating heart, of the annual celebration of the Patron Saint of México. The Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe fills the streets with families, food and joy!

The architecture of the Cathedral embraces an eclectic combination of styles  On the hour you can hear the magnificent sounds of the Church bells ringing from the tower. Upon entering the Church, you are struck by its splendid simplicity and the air of calm that it bestows on visitors. The plain, white-washed walls are dramatically embellished with richly detailed moldings. On a sunny day – which is most of the time in Vallarta – the sunlight shines through stained glass windows to illuminate the gilt-trimmed altar with a warm glow. During the Christmas Holidays, the Church’s hand-carved columns are adorned with festive wreaths. No matter what your heritage, the solemn beauty of Our Lady of Guadalupe will touch you in a special way.

Construction of the Church started in 1903 around a small chapel that was already there. In 1915 the decision to build a larger church was made. Due to many intervening issues, including a war that stopped the building for a time, the main tower was not completed until 1952. The original church crown wasn’t installed until 1963.

Rumor has it that the crown is a replica of the tiara worn by Carlota, the mistress of Emperor Maxamilian, but she’s not telling!


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Fine Art Paper Velvet, Matte Canvas Thin Stretched, Metal Float Hanger


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Fine Art Paper Finishing

Unless otherwise requested, all fine art paper prints will come with a one-inch border for ease of framing.   If you don’t want a border, let me know.  The art looks beautiful without a border “floated” (placed on top) of matte board. 

There are several options with deckled edge which should be floated on a matte.  Please contact me to discuss the options.

Canvas Stretching

I print on two types of canvas, matte finish (an elegant, smooth flat finish) and gloss finish (shinier and reflective).  In general, I prefer the matte finish.  These can be thin stretched on ¾ inch stretcher bars.  They can be hung unframed or framed.  Some pieces can be gallery wrapped where the image wraps around the side.  Or the side can be white, black or a complimentary color that I usually choose to go with the artwork.  There are other options.  You can have the canvas stretched over 1.5 inch stretcher bars, a dramatic look. 

Metal Prints

The metal prints have the look of a plexiglass or acrylic print and are more economical.

The Metal Print with a Float Hanger  

The surface white Gloss Metal Prints has a white base to maximize color and contrast. Its high gloss surface provides a metallic look while preserving the white points in an image. Final product should display high level luminescence effect for seemingly superior image density and contrast.

Metal Silver Gloss

The surface has a clear metallic base providing a true metallic look. Higher gloss surface allowing a more silver appearance. Provides a maximum luminescence effect for seemingly superior image density and contrast.

I am happy to provide advice on framing and can help you with this process.  Contact me.  I love to work with my clients!